Music, Madness and ‘the Vibe’: A Rabbit Hole Preview
As the weather heats up and the festival season draws near, the age-old debate on which festival(s) you and your mates should attend over the coming months continues to divide friendships, relationships, and your savings. For those currently on the fence, Rabbit Hole is a festival which may have slipped through the nets. Coming into its second year, Rabbit Hole is a boutique festival still finding its way in the chaotic music landscape of Australia. Not your traditional doof, Rabbit Hole hosts a number of fledging and established small bands in Victoria and, like many festivals, Rabbit Hole devotes a large portion of its attention to the curiosity of creating a space, a healthy yonder from the vices of modern-day metropolitan living; a shake-up and an escape, to send you tumbling down ‘the rabbit hole’ to see what you might find. They say your home is your castle and with a relatively small capacity, an emphasis on upholding the traditional rave principles of ‘PLUR’, Rabbit Hole looks to make a home away from home for 4 days this December.
Set against the backdrop of the serene rural town of Merton, the festival offers a boutique camping experience (or alternatively, stay just down the road), with live bands, workshops throughout the day and some of Melbourne’s liveliest selectors laying the beats down throughout the night.
In the festivals second year, they’ve worked hard curating a predominantly Australian ‘band line up’, bringing together a wide variety of different acts covering genres from rock and punk to hip-hop, neo-soul, jazz and everything in between. Spearheading the band lineup is none other than Melbourne nine-piece, the 30/70 Collective, their recent album ‘Elevate’ which has just been released through Rhythm Section, is well worth the plaudits (and a listen) and will give you a taste of the very best sounds you can expect to take to the trees of Bonnie Doon this December. Venturing deeper down the lineup and you’ll find an assortment of homegrown talents such as Mosé + the Fmly, Rya Park, Dumb Punts and The Stranger Suite all coming together at Rabbit Hole in a way that showcases the best new bands coming out of Melbourne.
When the sun goes down, Rabbit Hole has its punters in good hands with some of the states most competent disk jockeys. A b2b set with Millú & Pjenné and sets from Sunshine, RA’s label of the month founders, Sleep D, and purveyors of magnificent Melbourne parties Autosea, you’ll be in no rush to call it in early over the three nights. The list of selectors plays true testament to Melbourne’s burgeoning scene and what would a showcase of Melbourne be without a performance from none other than the head honcho of PBS’ Friday night ‘Smoke & Mirrors’ show, CEO of Club Coco and commander of dance floors all around the city, CC:DISCO!.
If you’d like to listen to some more of the bands playing at this year's festival head over to our ‘Rabbit Hole 2017’ Spotify Playlist, if you were after some impressive mixes from Rabbit Holes finest take a squizz here and here.
For tickets to Rabbit Hole (we’re told they’re the perfect Christmas gift) head to this link: